Grant is an independent ecologist with 30 years of experience
of ecological survey and assessment, habitat creation and restoration,
green infrastructure planning and site design and management.
He works closely with built-environment professionals encouraging
them to use the ecosystem services approach. He began work with
the London Wildlife Trust in the 1980s and moved into consultancy
in 1989, spending most of the 1990s in Hong Kong, Until 2009,
he was a Director at AECOM Design + Planning working on large
scale planning projects like the Bedford River Valley Park, London
2012 Olympic Park, Education City in Doha, Qatar, Zavidovo Resort,
Russia, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi and the Whitehill-Bordon Eco
current emphasis is collaborating with organisations and individuals
on green infrastructure planning and climate change adaptation
projects, as well as the design of building-integrated vegetation
(green roofs and living walls).Two of his projects were winners
at the Landscape Institute Awards 2010: Westfield living wall
(AECOM) was commended in Design Under 1ha category and Greater
Ashford Development Strategy (Studio Engleback) won the Landscape
Strategy category. He advised architects Architype on the Horniman
Museum Extension biodiverse roof, which was constructed in 1993.
Gary recently published 'Ecosystem Services Come to Town: Greening
Cities by Working with Nature' by Wiley.